Ames Simmons, Director of Transgender Policy
Ames Simmons is Equality NC’s Director of Transgender Policy. Ames identifies, advises staff about, and advocates for public policy on priority issues affecting the transgender community. Ames serves as a resource to connect trans and gender non-conforming people in North Carolina with resources via community engagement and public education and outreach. He joins Equality NC after more than a decade of in-house counsel practice at a healthcare consulting company based in Atlanta.
Ames serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Campaign and the HRC Foundation, and previously was elected national Board of Governors Co-Chair in 2010, where his priorities included successfully reenergizing a fundraising and development campaign, and service on the Healthcare Equality Index National Advisory Council. His policy activism emphasizes diversity and inclusion with focus on transgender justice.